Sandy news

Tetanus shots available in East Rockaway on Dec. 13; Bethany relief center moves to Island Park


Tenanus shots on Dec. 13

Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein has made free tetanus vaccine available to any individual involved with cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. With the potential for individuals to suffer cuts or deep wounds during cleanup, the Department of Health advises on guarding against tetanus bacterial infection.

Adults involved in cleanup projects are advised to ensure they have been immunized for tetanus within the last 10 years and to receive a tetanus booster if they have not. If an individual is unsure about the date of their last tetanus shot, they should receive Tdap (tetanus diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertusis).

East Rockaway residents will have an opportunity to on Thurs., Dec. 13 at the Church of the Nazarene – Little Pebbles Building, 133 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway (corner of Ocean Ave. and Garfield Place) from

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Set-up @ 5:30 PM)

For more information on the tetanus vaccination clinics, call the Nassau County Department of Health at (516) 227-9496.

Additional information on tetanus is available on the New York State Department of Health web page at:

Bethany relief center moving to Island Park

As of Dec. 7, The relief center at Bethany Congregational Church at 100 Main Street in East Rockaway is closing as the initial phase of the effort comes to an end.

“The Haggarty School on Warwick Road in Island Park will continue to operate,” said Pastor Mark Lukens, “and we are diverting donations there, as well as directing folks who still need stuff to go there.”

FEMA is also operating a mitigation center at Hewlett Point Park for the next several days to help residents with issues relating to insurance, to help them get grants, and more.

Bethany opened as a legal clinic by the Women's Bar Association of Nassau County to help people with disaster-related legal issues on Monday evening from 5 to 7 pm.